Gliadorphin (also known as gluteomorphin) is an opioid peptide that is formed during digestion of gluten protein. Gluteomorphins are derived from gliadin, one of the main proteins found in gluten. It is usually broken down into amino acids by digestion enzymes. It has been hypothesized that children with autism have inflammation in GI tract, causing abnormal gut leakage of this compound. This is partly the basis for the gluten-free, casein-free diet. Abnormally high levels of gliadorphin have been found in the urine of autistic children via mass spectrometry testing.
Corn, Soy and Gluten are used to make industrial adhesives. All three of these foods are capable and guilty of damaging the lining of the intestinal tract and leading to the malabsorption of calcium, iron, B complex, C, and trace minerals (e.g. zinc). This malabsorption or leaky gut syndrome contributes greatly to the ill health of the brain, immune system, and setting the stage for the action of these food-derived opioids.
Both caseomorphins (derived from digestion of milk products) and gluteomorphins are morphine-like opioids that have been likened to drugs like LSD. They can be very sedating and addictive and help to explain why 75% of the calories in the standard American diet (S.A.D.) come from wheat and dairy alone. Food addiction is a very real thing, and these opioids play a huge role.
Caseomorphins are formed during our attempt to digest casein, the protein that makes up 80-90% of the protein content of cow’s milk (versus 0-2% of goat’s milk). It is this same protein that can cause damage to the lower intestinal lining (duodenum) and a malabsorption syndrome similar to that seen in celiac disease, or gluten intolerance. Borden uses casein to make Elmer’s Glue.
Perhaps knowing this information now, one might understand why pasta, bread and “grilled cheese” sandwiches are considered “comfort foods”.